B.C. Transit maintenance backlog cleared in Greater Victoria

More bus mechanics have also been hired by company

B.C. Transit shelled out between 60 and 70 hours of overtime pay daily for more than a month to catch up to a backlog in bus repairs.

Greater Victoria transit service is now operating at service not seen since last October, when drivers and mechanics were banned from working overtime during labour negotiations.

“Our collective agreement with the union was signed Jan. 22, so our mechanics worked through most of February and into March,”  said Meribeth Burton, B.C. Transit spokeswoman.

Plus, there are now 42 mechanics employed by the Crown corporation in its two garages, she added.

“We’re now fully staffed for the first time in five years in our garages.”

B.C. Transit began issuing service delays on its website and on Twitter during negotiations, a practice that will continue thanks to updates at its communications centre, Burton said.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Ravens Crossing breaks ground on happy Hygge cohousing project

Speeches, music and a blessing as 80 people attend start of Danish-style development

Central Saanich police respond to 419 calls in July, including speeding motorcyclist

Police chase deemed too risky, biker tracked down the next day

‘Listen to your body:’ Saanich woman fights to have breast implants removed

Woman struggles to find doctor to remove Allergan textured implants, recently linked to rare cancer

Sidney salon closes citing persistent lack of staff

Housing, transit continue to affect workers on Saanich Peninsula

Saanich approves new eight- and 11-storey residence buildings for UVic

Residents also supported the environmentally friendly residences

VIDEO: Come along for the ride on Tour de Victoria

Reporter captures video footage of his Tour de Victoria ride

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Vancouver Island RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly Qualicum Beach woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Pile of wood mulch ‘spontaneously combusts’ at Vancouver Island industrial site

Business owner thanks fire department for quick response

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Most Read